BEIJING, ($1=6.38 Chinese Yuans) – China delivered the 4th littoral mission ship Keris-class to Malaysia after handing over the vessel to the Malaysian Navy on December 18 in the port of Wuchang in Qidong, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing Janes and the Asia Pacific Defense Journal.
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According to information from the Philippines, this ship will assist naval patrols of both the Malaysian Navy and the Philippine Navy. This littoral mission ship Keris-class will be known as KD Rencong and will be in service in the newly formed 11th LMS Squadron of RMN. Naval experts say this type of ship is very similar to standard offshore patrol ships.
According to the Asia Pacific Defense Journal, the ship will receive hull number 114. In the coming weeks, the ship will have to pass a series of port and sea tests. Rencong is part of a contract for four Keris-class LMSs signed between the Malaysian government and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s subsidiary in April 2017.
KD Rencong’s armament is Chinese and includes a 30mm naval CS / AN3 cannon and two 12.7mm CS / LM6 heavy machine guns. Naval experts say its equipment is “weaker” than other ships in the Malaysian Navy. The ship is also equipped with SR2405A air and surface search radar and OFC-3 electro-optical tracking system [EOTS].
KD Rencong is 68 meters long, 9.20 meters wide, and reaches a top speed of 22 knots. The maximum range of KD Rencong is 2000 miles at an average speed of 16 knots.
Currently, only the leading KD Keris  is in service with RMN, while the second Sundang  is expected to enter service in 2021.
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